Russ’s Market Community Coming Together in Lincoln and Hastings

“The Show Must Go On” … and it has for the past 56 years at the Hastings Community Theatre. Over those years Hastings Community Theatre has made audiences laugh, cry, sing, smile, and think. Fifty six years is a long time for any organization to survive – especially an artistic, all volunteer group. The theatre has flourished on a completely volunteer basis – no one is paid – except by applause. Hastings Community Theatre’s mission is to conduct activities of a cultural and educational nature for the public benefit by providing opportunities for the community to participate in the study, practice and production of all phases of the theatrical arts. Hundreds of people of all ages have had the opportunity to learn theatrical arts through the activities provided at HCT.
Thanks to some great makeup, lighting, and special effects, the spookiest family on television came to life in the new musical, The Addams Family. Hasting Community Theatre relies on the generosity of its patrons and community members for donations to constantly improve the facility and fund quality productions. Without partnerships like the one with Russ’s Community, the show can’t go on. The HCT Board of Directors would like to extend their gratitude both to Russ’s for the opportunity to be part of the Community program, and to their generous supporters.

Last month, Russ’s Community volunteered at Pioneers Park’s Wild Adventures day, an event designed to bring families together, sparking curiosity and creativity in the natural world around them. The event was co-hosted by the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center. Wild Adventures included a live raptor presentation, activities that identified the living organisms in a stream, events that taught about the importance of milkweed to monarch butterflies, and more. Children were watching birds, making turkey calls, holding insects, and learning with their families.

The Pioneers Park Nature Center is continually finding ways to instill awareness and appreciation of Nebraska’s natural environment within the community of Lincoln. They are currently welcoming three new bison into their herd, and the park’s recently remodeled Natural Play Area gives children new ways to explore the world around them. Many members of Russ’s Community shared a special role in the play area’s remodel, redeeming their community points to help support the effort. Today, you can support the Nature Center through the Russ’s Community Rewards program by feeding a bison from their herd for a day, helping them continue their work as a wildlife sanctuary and education center.

Consider supporting both causes with your Russ’s Market Community Reward Points today!